Moose lose 7-6 in OT
By Willy Palov – Sports Reporter
The Chronicle Heral
There wasn’t much about Saturday’s game in Bathurst that made much sense.
The Titan eventually wound up winning 7-6 in overtime over the Halifax Mooseheads but only after countless twists and turns.
“We had a good a game and a bad game within the same game,” said Halifax head coach Dominique Ducharme. “We were good with the puck and we were good with producing offence and scoring chances and things like that. But without the puck we were horrible. Our mistakes were huge mistakes and bad turnovers. Every time we made those mistakes they really capitalized on them.”
The game started with Halifax outshooting Bathurst 23-5 in the first period, only to see the Titan take a 2-0 lead. The Mooseheads continued to dominate the Titan on the shot clock through the first half of the second period but gave up three more goals. Bathurst led 5-1 after 31:12 of play but trailed 28-12 on the shot clock.
The Mooseheads slowly chipped away at that deficit and finally took over the lead with 2:41 left in the third period on Jonathan Drouin’s third goal of the night. It capped a stretch of five straight Halifax goals that was, of course, spoiled by a last-minute scoring play by the Titan.
Patrik Zdrahal sent the game into overtime when he banged in a rebound with the Bathurst goalie out for an extra attacker and 16 seconds left on the clock. Naturally, Zdrahal sealed the win with his hat trick goal with 28 seconds left in overtime.
“It was a bizarre game but sometimes it happens during those long seasons,” Ducharme said. “You will have funny games like that and tonight was one, for sure.”
Drouin added an assist to give him four points on the night and linemate Nathan MacKinnon picked up four assists. Stefan Fournier, MacKenzie Weegar and Matthew Boudreau were the other Halifax goal scorers. Brandon Hynes, with two, Zach O’Brien and Adam Stevens also scored for Bathurst and Matthew Bissonnette had three assists.
Hammonds Plains native Jacob Brennan finished the night with 46 saves. Mooseheads starter Zachary Fucale had a rough outing, allowing five goals on 12 shots before being relieved by Chris Clarke at 11:12 of the second period. Clarke made 12 saves.
“I’m not worried about Zach, he’s going to bounce back tomorrow,” Ducharme said. “And at the same time, we didn’t help him. He didn’t get many shots but the chances they got were good scoring chances. It was just a disappointing game and a weird game.”
The Mooseheads face the Saint John Sea Dogs on the road this afternoon.